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    August 19, 2010
    4:00 - 4:30am EDT  

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this morning on "early today," going home. the last combat brigade pulls out of iraq, closing a seven-year chapter. no regret. president obama stands by his comments in support of a mosque plan near ground zero. and run for your lives. a bull charges into a stand of terrifying spectators in spain. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with the long road home. more than seven years after the u.s.-lead invasion of iraq began it's now the beginning of the end of the mission there. yesterday the last u.s. combat brigade left iraq, although some combat troops, do remain,
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according to the government, the departure awaits a long awaited milestone. nbc's richard engel made the journey with the brigade and filed this report from the iraq "kuwait border. >> reporter: a short while ago we watched the last american combat troops cross through this gate, leaving iraq and entering through the gate. they were from the striker brigade. they call themselves the raiders and now they have a special place in the history of the iraq war. they were the last 440 american combat troops to leave iraq and enter kuwait. >> it feels great to know that this battalion, the first and 38th infantry is the last unit to be the last combat unit in iraq. >> reporter: the next stop is to go to a u.s. military base in kuwait and begin their journey home.
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although combat troo troops are withdrawing, the u.s. military still has a lot of work to do before it's completely out of iraq. with more on that is nbc's kristen dahlgren. she joins us now from washington. kristen, good morning, of course, for anybody that watched last night's coverage and richard engle. incredibly emotional, historical moment. many folks expected president obama to come out and make a state right on television. they wanted to clarify the official mission ends august 31st and 6,000 more troops need to leave. elaborate that for us just so we set the record straight. >> yeah, there were those initial reports attributed to senior officials that all of the combat troops were over and this, in fact, was the end of iraqi freedom. in reality there are 6,000 troops remaining in the country. some of them will be leaving on today. others will trickle out over the next couple of weeks and be out
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by the august 31st deadline. so the fourth striker brigade was the last major combat brigade to leave. it was obviously a historic moment watching it on msnbc. as you said, very emotional. but in realty there are these 6,000 troops who need to leave the country. it's unlikely we'll hear from the president about this until that date, august 31st. >> kristen, after that date there's going to be 6,000 troops that will remain. they're being described as advisers in this next transitional phase but as we well know there's great political debate. there's increasing violence that's occurring there and the white house has made it clear this is not yet mission accomplished. take us what's next here. >> absolutely. spokesman p.j. crowley spoke and said the end of the war is not the end of danger and risk to
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the u.s. soldiers. so the soldiers will be staying, mostly in training and office roles, but they will carry weapons. crowley says they will defend themselves, and they will get assistance if they do get into trouble. and also some special forces will continue to work with the iraqi security forces on finding terrorists. >> kristen dahlgren for us there in washington. quite a historical moment, and we appreciate some perspective from you out there. thank you. >> you bet. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. for the second time this week, surveillance video has surfaced of an alleged police beating involving denver police officers. a man walking his dogs is stopped and questioned by police. he attempted to take a picture of an officer but is restrained and a struggle ensues. the officer is seen hitting the cuffing man who allegedly suffered a concussion. the incident is under investigation. indiana police are looking
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for suspects after discovering an estimated the,000 street plants. they say operations are on the rise in public lands, secluded area which cover both the view and scent of the plants. and for one ultimate beatles fan in pennsylvania, saving her concert ticket stub isn't enough. she got paul mccartney's autograph on her back and then she had it tattooed. her check list caught mccartney's eye at a philadelphia show. by the end of the night she had a permanent reminder of what she qaas the best experience of her life. that is dedication. now for a look at your national and regional weather here is nbc's meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. >> you'll never see it. >> that's true, but when she goes to the beach or some place
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popular she'll have that. we lost one of our longest going record streaks we had in the country, and that was in dallas. they had gone 18 straight days with 100-plus every single day in the month of august, but yesterday some of those pesky clouds let us get to 96 degrees. that streak is over in the dallas area. it was a warm day in many locations. we didn't have a lot of horrible weather. had a lot of rain in the mid-atlantic during the day. pretty good storms through the carolinas too. and even this morning we still have rain here. also or friends in the upper peninsula and northern wisconsin are dealing with a couple of storms. overall it's a quiet tranquil morning. it will still be hot in texas. the humidity will spark more showers and storms in the southeast. we have more in the charlotte area, especially the north side of the city and in raleigh we've got light showers for you. as far as the forecast, there's the showers and storms through the southeast.
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florida looks dry. new england looks great. there's that new streak starting in dallas at 101. that's a look at your thursday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. atlanta has a good chance of storms today. it will keep you a little bit cooler. somewhere around 90 degrees. a nice day around washington, d.c. 87. indianapolis getting a little hotter. high of 92. denver was a hot day yesterday, 89. we'll talk about the friday forecast coming up, lynn. and sooner or later the tropics will heat up. i'm just waiting. >> waiting? all right. thank you. you keep an eye on that. all right, bill. thanks. well, the egg recall gets bigger, bmt j.'s outlook gets small isser and another change on facebook. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, yes, julia roberts announced she's converted to hinduism but don't expect her to
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discuss it any more. a basketball shot that takes the game to new heights. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. president obama says he has, quote, no regrets about comments he made last week supporting muslims' right to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero. it comes as a new but research poll shows one in five americans incorrectly believe the prot is a muslim. one-third say he is a christian and 43% do not know what religion the president practices. meanwhile president obama is throwing his support behind the bill to help september 11th responders that has been stalled in the house. the proposed $7.4 billion measure would provide health care and compensation from ground zero workers suffering health problems.
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secretary of state hillary clinton will be announcing major steps today to energize public and private contributions to pakist pakistan. despite more than 20 million people being left homeless by flooding, u.s. officials says only $50,000 has been texted in private donations. new satellite photos show how devastating monsoon rains have transformed the country's lands cape in just three weeks' time. and dramatic footage out of spain shows a bull leaping out of an arena and then charged into a crowd of terrified spectators yesterday. the animal injured some 30 people before employees were able to get control of it. most of the victims suffered cuts and bruises but a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured when one man was gored in the back. painful to watch. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,415 after gaining 9 points yesterday. the s&p rose a point, and the
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nasdaq jumped 6. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei jumped up 122, an in hong kong the hang seng rose 49. a seesaw day on wall street end ended on an upswing. despite the marks, target shares shot up by day's end. another encouraging sign for the retail sector came late in the day when limitedbrands reporting a big jump in second quarter net income. the parent company victoria's secret and bath & bodyworks raised its year's forecast. b.j. slashed its outlook, sending shares down 3%. investors sold off some dearing company shares but said sales were far below normal.
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the number of potentially contaminated eggs being recalled nationwide has been upped from 228 million to 380 million. hundreds of people from at least three states have gotten sick from a salmonella outbreak. health officials have traced it to the egg factory. facebook will launch its new places feature designed to track user's location. and finally franlds of frito-lay sun chips are making some noise about the snack's new biodegradable materials. it may be green but it turns out the bags make a large crackling noise which some is compare to a revving motorcycle and breaking glass. the race sting the rangers the yanks sting the tigers and a big name gets traded. plus, another one of those
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outrageous trick basketball shots. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. your thursday weather headlines, thunderstorms in the southeast and a new 100-degree heat streak will start in dallas. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this
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is "early today." and in sports the first place atlanta braves aren't taking anything for granted heading down the stretch. they have just added a star first baseman to their roster. here's nbc's mario solis with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> hi, there, good morning. the atlanta braves picked up a hard-hitting first baseman. they traded derek. he said he wanted to stay on national league and play for a first-place team. he got his team. he'll join the club tomorrow. atlanta has had a flair for the dramatic this season. they've won 21 times in their final at-bat. that's best in the bigs. yesterday's big the washington nationals. jason heyward with a walk-off single. mets and 'stros. bases loaded. ike davis with a high fly ball to right field.
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jose tags up to score the go ahead run. not pretty but the mets will take anything these days. they win, 3-2. even longoria hitting his 16th homer of the year. he continues to roll by winning, 8-6. >> angel cabrera hit not bun but two homers into the night. he's now got 30. curtis granderson getting it done against his former team. his second homer in as many days. they win, 9-5. finally when you thought you'd seen every wild shot imaginable, they took this game from new heights. watch as the ball free falls right into the hoop. here's how it looks from the ground. nothing but net. don't know if it's real or fake but one thing's for sure, air jordan never soared that high. that's your early look at sports on "early today."
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i'm mario solis. a laundry list of big named stars get more than just a manicure at the beauty sa lan. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, a bittersweet discovery in georgia with meaning for all americans. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this thursday morning.
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forecast from new england all through the mid-atlantic looks like a dry day, very much like summer. most of the locations will be in the 8. the rainy location will be southern clichb, north carolina, down through georgia. those will be with your morning showers and afternoon thundershowers. dallas to san antonio to houston will be very hot. denver today, very hot. tomorrow, the same. notice the storms on friday. minneapolis once again down there in the southeast. well, if you're watching us on wntv nbc 4 treat your family to live move before summer ends at the franklin county fairgrounds in winchester, but, hurry, the fair ends on saturday. that ee that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. funnel cake. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. what's the morning coming to when you can't trust your. melanin griffith and anne
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hathaway were all victimized in a credit card scam by the woman who ran their beverly hills beauty salon. liv tyler alone lost more than $40 million. it will most likely pass the 200 million dollars park. neil patrick harris and his long-time partner are expecting twins with the help of a surrogate. they're both, quote, excited, nervous, and thrilled. and finally after announcing her switch from catholicism to hindu is. . julia roberts is no longer talking religion. she fell back on the advice she got from her mother 22 years ago. she said you're an actor, act. don't talk about politics and religion. it's like a dinner party. >> you know everyone's going to ask her. every time she does a media junket. >> give it a few months.
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they'll find another scandal. this comes to us from wsav where they have unearthed what's being called the most significant find in history. this was always thought to be the site of the largest prison camp during the cybil war. recentlier archaeologists discovered artifacts that give us a glimpse into the lives of union soldiers imprisoned in the camps and the confederates who guarded them. well, i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
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4:28 is the time. 70 degrees outside and it is not, we repeat, it is not raining this morning. good morning. i'm joe krebss. >> welcome to news 4 today for this thursday, august 19th, 2010. it hasn't rained for hours if you can believe it, but the flooding situation will likely take some time to improve. yesterday's rain forced the closure of many roads throughout the district, maryland and virginia. some cars were also stranded. in several cases firefighters had to rescue several trapped inside their vehicles. >> the heaviest rain seemed it pound the northeast part of fairfax county. in some spots three inches of water were far more than the intra structure could take. jackie bensen reports.
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>> reporter: into the evening, roads that had been swamped by morning flooding remained closed. buck kelled asphalt marked the bridge just off georgetown pike. damage repair could take days. torrential rain turned normally flattened creeks into raging rivers that roord up and over the roads. tree limbs, lags and even rocks were carried along by the rushing water. this was the scene at browns mill road in the vee he is in a area. >> we've been here 15 years and seen it come up to the 100 year floodplain about eight times. >> probably surrounded by about four feet of water. >> reporter: homeowners kept a sharp eye on their property's drainage and flood protection systems. >> we were told that we were in the 100 year floodplain, but we have flooded in '01 with a major flood like this morning, '05, and then this morning. so it's coming. . it's more like the five year floodplain.